If you have been diagnosed with pleural thickening, you are not alone. The most recent statistics from the Health and Safety Executive indicate that 460 people developed this condition in 2012 – a figure which is about three times greater than estimates taken nearly twenty years earlier. However, our solicitors are experts in dealing with these types of compensation claims and could help you obtain remuneration.
What is pleural thickening?
Pleural thickening is the scarring and fibrosis of the pleura, the double layered membrane which surrounds the lungs and lines the inside of the rib cage. When the pleura thickens, it becomes less elastic which means that these organs cannot adequately function.
As a result, those diagnosed with this condition could:
- Suffer from breathlessness
- Feel pain in the side of the chest
- Describe feeling 'tightness' across the affected area
What causes plural thickening?
Pleural thickening, in most cases, is caused by inhaling asbestos fibres. Although this dangerous material has now been outlawed, the condition can develop several years after initial exposure.
A number of industries were associated with high asbestos use. Those who used to work in the following occupations could be most at risk of developing pleural thickening or similar illnesses.
- Painters or decorators
Could I claim compensation?
If you developed this condition after being exposed to asbestos fibres, our solicitors could help you obtain compensation. Fortunately, our team have more than 60 years combined experience in dealing with pleural thickening claims as well as other types of asbestos-related disease.
At Seth Lovis & Co, our lawyers will not only strive to obtain the maximum amount of damages for every client, but will also attempt to provide funds for aspects such as rehabilitation costs and lost earnings.
To speak with one of our expert solicitors, call us today for free on 0808 252 0678 or submit an online enquiry form and a member of our asbestos team will contact you by telephone to discuss your potential pleural thickening claim.